Lawmaker faces ethics rap for Gluta-drip session inside House office

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2018 05:02 PM


MANILA -- Mata Party-list Rep. Tricia Velasco Catera is facing a complaint before the House Ethics Committee for Gluta-drip sessions in her office at the House of representatives, among other activities that the complainant claims are unethical.

Catera "seems to flaunt these unbecoming acts that make a mockery of her duties as a party-list representative," read the 2-page complaint signed by Bency Ellorin, chairperson of the Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and Environment, and received by the Ethics Committee on Wednesday.

"Her effort to publicize on several occasions, her obvious personal activities such as Gluta drip sessions done in her office at the premises of the House of Representatives no less, and during official time when she should be in the performance of official functions. Further, it is questionable if this practice is classified safe or legal under the code of ethics for doctors," Ellorin said.

"One’s office cannot be considered a medical clinic. We do not want to even consider the dire consequences if something untoward happens to Rep. Catera in the very premises of the House of Representatives due to such unregulated practice of medicine," he added.

The complaint also asked Congress to inquire with a certain Dr. Bryan Buenaventura whom Ellorin claims administers the Gluta sessions. 

Ellorin also wants the opinion of the officers of the Philippine Dermatological Society and other relevant associations to look into reports that Catera has been using products which were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The complaint asks for an investigation into what it called unauthorized use of government properties or premises for purposes unrelated to official activities.

Pinoy Aksyon claims to be a watchdog of transparency and good moral ethics. It introduced itself as an independent campaign organization and think-tank which advocates good governance.

Ellorin’s letter was part of the agenda for Wednesday’s Executive session of the Ethics Committee chaired by Agri Party-list Rep. Delphine Lee. 

“Sorry ha, due to sensitivity of every complaint filed to the committee, we CANNOT disclose anything. I hope you understand,” Lee said in a text message to ABS-CBN.

Catera’s office has no feedback at this time. It also has not yet received any communication from the ethics committee on this matter.